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THE BRITISH FOOTBALLERS.

FIRST TEST MATCH AGAINST AUSTRALIA. VISITORS WIN BY 17 POINTS TO NIL. By Telegraph.—Press Association.—Copyright (Received July 2, 8.35 p.m.) Sydney, July 2. The first of the three test matches between the Rugby footballers of Great Britain and Australia was played on the Sydney Cricket Ground this afternoon, in the presence, of 35,000 people. The tea'ns were as under: Great Britain: Fullback, StrangerLenthes; threequarters, Morgan. O'Brien, Gabe, and Llewellyn ; halves, Huline and Bush ; forwards, Bedell-Sivwright (captain), Harding, Dqbson, Bevan, Swannell, Crowther, Trail, and Saunders. Combined Australia: Fullback, Verge; threequarters, Redwood, Wiekham, Hindmarsh, and White; * halves, Evans . and Baker; forwards, Burden, Devore, Nicholson, Lyitge, Richards, Judd, Walsh, and Colton.

From a Rugby point of view the match was much more attractive than any previously: played by the Britishers here. During the first half the local men, with a strong breeze at their backs, had the best of the game; and their failure to score was chiefly owing to the backs taking their passes badly. At the same time they managed to keep the visitors strictly on the defensive. Towards the close of the spell, White, one of the colonial back division, was removed from the field, having fractured a rib, and for the remainder of the game Australia had only 14 men on the field. The spell ended without, either side scoring.

In the second half Australia opened well, and appeared able to hold 1 the: Britishers, but a mistake on the part of Redwood turned the tide. Then Bush, Llewellyn, Morgan,; and Qabe put in some remarkably brilliant passing rushes, which resulted in three tries being registered, two .of which were converted, one by O'Brien, and the other by Sivwright. In addition to these, Bush kicked a beautiful goal from the field, the Britishers thus winning by 17 points to nil.

Harding, of the visitors' vanguard, distinguished himself in the open by dribbling cleverly, and tackling smartly. For the colonials Wickham did remarkably well until he lost the assistance of White, after which he tired visibly. Baker, at half back, show-; ed out conspicuously, tackling well, , and frequently intercepting passes! All things considered, the New South Wales and Queensland combination was good, seeing ■ that they had had only one practice match together. The Britishers played a headyS game, showing fine judgment at critical times, and especially during the second half. ■ They worked well together, taking advantage of every chance afforded by their tiring; opponents. ; "= :: -'^Xt

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THE BRITISH FOOTBALLERS., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 12607, 4 July 1904

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THE BRITISH FOOTBALLERS. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 12607, 4 July 1904

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